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Philadelphia’s Historic c.1895 Furness Mansion Harkens Back to a Bygone Era (PHOTOS)

Philadelphia’s Historic c.1895 Furness Mansion Harkens Back to a Bygone Era (PHOTOS)

Philadelphia’s Historic c.1895 Furness Mansion Harkens Back to a Bygone Era (PHOTOS)
November 30
22:49 2019

Philadelphia’s Historic c.1895 Furness Mansion Harkens Back to a Bygone Era

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Designed by architect Frank Furness and built c.1895 as the private residence and office for Dr. Horace Jayne and wife, Caroline Furness Jayne, Philadelphia’s historic Furness Mansion has been restored back into a single family residence. It was converted into a synagogue in the 1940s and between 1950 and 1980 served as the headquarters for the Heart Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. By the mid-1980s the imposing brick mansion had been renovated into law offices. It wasn’t until 2007, when it last sold, a team of qualified preservationists embarked on a two-year restoration, restoring the mansion back into a single family residence. John Milner Architects and Eberlein Design Consultants worked alongside one another, restoring and preserving elegant architectural history and detail. Their efforts would lead to multiple awards, including the Palladio Award for Residential Restoration and Renovation and first place winner of the ASID Interior Design Award for Historic Preservation. Striking in design, perhaps the most intriguing space in the mansion is the two-storey central hall with grand staircase wrapping the large fireplace, a hanging gallery suspended from the ceiling and a substantial 400 square foot leaded glass skylight. Eberlein Design Consultants went into further detail on their project page, “With its intriguing and idiosyncratic terracotta façade, the unique power and vision of Frank Furness is immediately evident. Every square inch of the house was studied by architectural archaeologists and historians who joined the design team to restore this astonishing structure to its original use as a family residence of inimitable character. Custom sconces blend with period lighting fixtures, 19th Century antiques blend with original built-ins and a scenic mural based on English country house precedents supports the astonishing 400 square foot leaded glass skylight.” Photos by Tom Crane Photography











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